A video showing beekeepers roping down a steep cliff to collect honeycombs has gained attention from social media users and broadcasters all over the world.
The footage – which was released on the social media platform TikTok- is said to come from the Chuxiong Yi Autonomous Prefecture, Yunnan Province, China.
One kilogramme of honey reportedly costs EUR 50 (GBP 45). The high price has to do with the procedure’s intricacies and safety risks.
The short video documents how the bodies of the apiarists – who are clad in protective suits – are covered with thousands of bees during their astonishing operation.
German broadcaster RTL praised the workforce as “true gold miners” for taking considerable risks to harvest “the most dangerous honey in the world.”
China is the biggest producer of honey in the world, according to European Commission (EC) statistics.
EC reports that the country had a global market share of 26 per cent in 2021. Around 444,000 tonnes of honey were harvested in China that year.